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The FBI's Hostage Rescue Teams (HRT), investigative, and Surveillance specialists offer additional opportunities for those seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These three diverse occupations range from special agents to investigative and surveillance support positions that are utilized extensively in this high profile agency.
The FBI also offers job openings for professionals such as analysts, engineers, linguistic, police, and investigative positions. There are also many administrative support staff positions available at many field offices located in most major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. If you are interested in working for the FBI explore all available options to get your foot in the door. After you are employed many additional career paths will be open to those who develop Individual development plans that all agencies support.
Protect America and save lives by becoming an FBI Special Agent, and serve with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. The FBI is the lead Federal Agency for investigating terrorist threats against the United States. This responsibility includes tactical response to interdict and apprehend terrorists before they can act, and to conduct other high-risk tactical operations. The FBI has one full-time counterterrorist tactical team, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). As an FBI Special Agent (SA), you may become a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. Here, highly qualified and motivated FBI Special Agents volunteer to respond to challenges that are the most complex, critical, and urgent. They are a tight-knit team — highly trained, specially equipped, always prepared.
Candidates for the position of FBI Special Agent must possess a four-year college degree and three years of professional work experience; be available for assignment anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction; be between the ages of 23 and 36; be in excellent physical condition with the ability to pass a rigorous physical fitness test; and consent to a complete background investigation, drug test, and polygraph. HRT Operators are Special Agents first, and will have investigative and managerial career opportunities in the FBI following their HRT assignment.
The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) was established in 1983 to be a national level counterterrorist unit, offering a tactical option for any extraordinary hostage crisis or other law enforcement situation that may occur within the United States. Today, HRT responds to the most urgent and complex FBI cases in the U.S. and abroad. It is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), and is based at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The HRT is organized into Tactical Units, each of which is made up of assaulter and sniper/observer Operators. These tactical elements are supported by a Tactical Helicopter Unit, Tactical Mobility Team, logistics, intelligence, communications, and command staffs.
Hostage Rescue Teams Job Lists:
Investigative Specialists perform investigative support functions through physical surveillance operations. They support Foreign Counterintelligence and/or Counterterrorism investigations, and gather intelligence information of investigative interest. Investigative Specialists are responsible for all aspects of surveillance operations from planning through execution. Their responsibilities also include the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence data gathered during surveillance operations.
Applicants for the Investigative Specialist position must possess a valid
driver's license for their state of residence and be able to obtain a government
license for the operation of government vehicles.
Investigative Specialists are assigned to one of the FBI's 56 Field Offices based on current staffing and/or critical specialty needs. All Investigative Specialists are subject to transfer at any time to meet the organizational and program needs of the FBI. Investigative Specialists accept the possibility of transfer as a condition of their employment.
Investigative Specialist Job Lists:
Surveillance Specialists conduct fixed surveillance duties that support
Foreign Counterintelligence and/or Counterterrorism investigations, and gather
intelligence information of investigative interest. Surveillance Specialists
utilize various communications, photographic, and technical equipment during
Applicants for the Surveillance Specialist position must possess a valid driver's license for their state of residence and be able to obtain a government license for the operation of government vehicles.
Surveillance Specialists are assigned to one of the FBI's 56 Field Offices based on current staffing and/or critical specialty needs. All Surveillance Specialists are subject to transfer at any time to meet the organizational and program needs of the FBI. Surveillance Specialists accept the possibility of transfer as a condition of their employment.
Interested candidates should review the FBI's current job postings to determine if applications are currently being accepted for the Surveillance Specialist position.
Surveillance Specialist Teams Job Lists:
The FBI offers tremendous career opportunities for a wide range of professionals. Because of the breadth and scope of the FBI’s mission, they employ professionals in fields as varied as intelligence analysis, laboratory sciences, linguistics, security, information technology, human resources, general management, etc.
Learn more about career opportunities at the FBI:
Check the FBI's current job postings to see if they are recruiting for professionals in your field of expertise.